Barbican announces new digital content during temporary closure
The Barbican today announces new digital content available for everyone to read, watch and listen to for free.
Since the Centre’s temporary closure on Tuesday 17 March, the Read, Watch & Listen section of the Barbican’s website has seen an increase of 350% in visitors, compared to the same time last year, with numbers of new visitors to the site up by 390%.
Inspired by the Barbican’s international arts programme, the curated mix of podcasts, playlists, films, videos, talks and articles enables audiences to continue to enjoy the Centre’s rich and varied programme.
Writer, actor, comedian and campaigner Stephen Fry joins journalist Chris Gunness for a new four-part series on the Nothing Concrete podcast. The conversations begin on Wednesday 6 May and focus on music, art, isolation, mental health and the healing power of art – using composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s revelatory Heiligenstadt Testament as a springboard. Heiligenstadt Testament is a letter written by Beethoven to his brothers, in which he reflects his despair over his increasing deafness and his contemplation of suicide.
Also on 6 May at 12pm, Barbican Cinema Curator SoniaZadurian introduces a live discussion between filmmaker Kitty Green and Birds Eye View director Mia Bays, about the release of The Assistant. Inspired by real-life events, The Assistant follows an ambitious young woman working for a powerful film producer over the course of one day that may just define her future. The film is a timely exploration into today’s dysfunctional workplaces. The Assistant is available to watch on digital platforms from Friday 1 May.
Following the Barbican’s major 2017 show Basquiat: Boom For Real, Basquiat enthusiasts can view a 360 video tour of the acclaimed exhibition. Tim Lawrence’s article Basquiat and Downtown, on the 1970s and 80s New York music scene, is also available to read.
The Lark Ascending: People, Music, Landscape was a collaborative concert scheduled to take place at the Barbican on 24 March and subsequently cancelled. Two short films that were commissioned for the concert – featuring new sound recordings and compositions by artist and musician Rob St John and readings from author Richard King – are now available to watch on the Barbican’s website. The sound recordings include larks, curlews, lapwings, oystercatchers, swifts, fence wires bowing in the wind, underwater photosynthesis, tank fire heard through metal warning signs, decaying oceanic communication cables, creaking sea ice, water running through plant stems, the resonance of underground bunkers and boreholes, electromagnetic fields, upland springs and more.
A long-read article by Jon Dale delves into the history of ambient music, its influence on mainstream music and its resurgence in recent years. It features illustrations by Aleesha Nandhra, a mix by Tomoko Sauvage, and a playlist featuring songs and musicians mentioned in the text.